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Poetry, Australasia, Australia
Interviews - Tony Bates - 3WBC 94.1 FM - Cereal Listening.
Tony Bates is a presenter and station librarian at 3WBC 94.1 FM, a community radio station in Melbourne, Australia.
I was introduced to him by Glenn Williams (Lazyswede Productions) whose tireless work has, as Tony puts it , seemed to have opened up a few OZ airwaves for new UK talent.

Tony is one of the many radio DJs all over the world who welcome and encourage UK bands and musicians to send their music for airplay on his station.
I asked Tony for some background on himself and 3WBC. He's done a lot! Here's what he had to say ..
3WBC has a general play list but prides itself on playing demos/promos from unsigned and or independent bands from all over the world. As a Community Radio Station, 3WBC is able to do this as we have NO commercial pressures nor set play lists; every presenter is entitled to play his/her choice of music whilst they are on air mixed in with various local, national and international interviews as well as announcing local community items and news.

There are many stations throughout Australia like 3WBC, and they are all self funded and run as not-for-profit organisations. Any sponsorship fees are automatically channelled back into the station, thus allowing better equipment to be bought or current equipment to be upgraded.
We currently receive many demos and promos from countries as diverse as the Philippines, Ireland, UK, America, Canada, France, Poland, Greece, Japan, Russia and New Zealand, to name but a few.
All promos/demos received go to air (unless they are of a very poor quality) and due recognition is given to the artist/band/label/website. We would welcome more material from the UK whatever the musical genre, as we rotate everything from Classics, to Jazz (in all its forms), pop (in all its forms), folk, world, country etc.
As far as my own background is concerned, I was in bands throughout the 60's and early 70's, playing bass guitar. The bands were all based in North Wales and we used to travel across to Chester, Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Oswestry and into Mid Wales. We had residencies at Butlins in Pwllheli and at the Portmeirion Hotel in N. Wales.
The bands had very 60's names such as The Buchaneers, The Pharaohs, Pluto's People, The Satisfied Minds, Rubber Fountain and Sam. Two singles were released with The Satisfied Minds and Pluto's People, which sank without trace!
At the end of that period I left to live in Rhodesia and then moved down to South Africa eventually. After a period of time there I then left for the UK, where I could not resettle and hence ended up in Australia.

As a presenter and librarian with 3WBC, I have been actively involved in all sorts of interviews and promotions for a variety of up and coming bands and view myself as a 'mini' John Peel, as I , like him refuse to grow musically old and will continue to chase innovative sounds from all over the globe!
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CEREAL LISTENING
On 3WBC 94.1 FM
The Voice Of The Inner East
www.3wbc.org.au

If you would like to send your band's demo out to Tony, here's his address:

Tony Bates
Station Librarian
3WBC 94.1 FM
PO Box 159
BOX HILL
Victoria 3128
Australia

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There's a whisper and it's rising to a mutter
There's a mutter and it's growing to a growl
And the growl is getting louder
And the one's who chant it prouder
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John Winston Howard
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Heaping it on with a spade
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I preserve her beautiful countenance
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With the very being of my life
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And rekindle memories we both shared
May they reflect the consuming thought
Of a love, we long ago declared.
May the spark of my undying passion
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Feast thine eye upon the new born sun
Watch it rise 'ere its burning glory
Warms the earth for everyone.
Face the tasks that have been allotted
Awake thy bretheren from their sleep
Lead them to those pastures promised
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My eyes saw clearly, straight and true.
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Could never crush inside my heart,
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